Launched in 2018 by Laura Chavez, Lark & Berry was born out of a taste for the unique, a desire to do things differently and a hope to disrupt the jewellery industry just a little bit.
ABOUT THE NAME
LARK & BERRY
When learning English as a child, Laura discovered that her favourite species of bird “lark” also meant playful. As she grew up she became a firm believer that what ever we do we should always keep a playful spirit as to enjoy the most out of our every day.
When thinking of a name for her jewellery brand, Laura knew this word must be used. However, she also wanted the name to have a connection to her grandmother, the most elegant woman she had ever met; also the first woman Laura ever saw with a collection of jewels.
She then remembered a pendant her grandmother gifted her, which resembled a berry. Voila, the name Lark & Berry was born.
WHY CULTURED DIAMONDS?
We confess - we love diamonds.
What we don’t love is the price tag that comes with such a beautiful stone. We don’t just mean its monetary value, but also the price that people and the environment pay as a result of mining for diamonds and precious stones.
We found that mining causes an enormous amount of environmental damage. Not only that but the promise of wealth and hope that mining for stones brings to some of the poorest countries and communities , is often false. This results in much secrecy, swindling and smuggling, corruption and price-fixing, human rights abuses and financing of conflict, political violence and war crimes.
We learnt that there were major flaws in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme - a program which many companies have signed up to and is supposed to ensure a conflict-free supply chain of diamonds. This is where Lark & Berry, with your help, swoops in to disrupt.
Like a happy marriage, we believe the unity of innovation, conscience and a fun attitude will create the highest quality of products and experience for you. No matter how big or small, you can always trust that we have accepted only the highest-rated diamonds and stones - no less! That’s a promise.
Call us Mystic Meg if you like but we envision cultured diamonds as the future of luxury jewellery. After doing a little digging, we were blown away to discover that cultured, also called lab-grown diamonds are the same as their mined counterparts. Both have the same chemical structure, brilliant sparkle and are graded in the same way.
Our lab-grown diamonds are also 100% traceable so you know exactly where they came from, through each step of their production - this is unlike their mined counterparts whose origins are often difficult to trace.
Now that’s something worth investing in!
For these reasons, you’ll find cultured diamonds and stones throughout all of our beautifully-designed jewellery ranges.
We don’t profess to be superheroes in the sustainable jewellery market but, with you, we are willing to shake things up for a better future.
We embarked on this journey to bring you the best designs, with the highest quality and assurance that cultured diamonds are a sustainable investment. The true essence of Lark & Berry is to disrupt for the greater good so we’ll start as we mean to go on.
At Lark & Berry, we want to lather you in luxury by delivering the highest quality of products possible. But, we are also mindful of our social responsibility and having a positive impact.
We want you to know that it is absolutely possible to achieve both - you can have fine products with a clean conscience. We’re women after all and, as they say, multitasking is our thing!
Growing our diamonds in a lab eliminates ethical questions like whether the stones exchanged hands to fund war or if digging in local areas has affected living conditions for those who call these communities home.
As a brand, we believe being as open as possible regarding our cultured diamonds contributes to the wider push for a more transparent fashion industry. It is important to us that we ensure you have the highest quality jewellery possible and we know you’ll want to protect the environment and human rights as much as we do.
Teamwork makes the dream work!